Ghislaine Maxwell tried to flee and wrapped a phone in aluminum foil when the FBI arrived at her home
Ghislaine Maxwell refused to open the FBI’s front door when they raided her $ 1 million house and fled to another room in the house, prosecutors said today.
The alleged chief recruiter for Jeffrey Epstein fled to another room and saw “quickly closing a door behind him.”
The FBI slammed into the door and discovered an aluminum foil-wrapped cell phone that the law enforcement prosecutors called “a seemingly misleading attempt to evade detection.”
Prosecutors from New York said this was evidence that Maxwell was “adept at hiding” and that bail should be denied.
Maxwell, 58, will appear in court on Tuesday where a judge will decide if she can be released.
Ghislaine Maxwell refused to open the FBI’s front door and attempted to flee to another room when they raided her $ 1 million house, prosecutors claimed today
The FBI smashed the door and discovered an aluminum foil-wrapped cell phone that prosecutors called “an apparently misplaced attempt to evade detection.”
She is currently being held at the Fort-like Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she wears paper clothes to prevent her from committing suicide.
Epstein hanged herself pending a trial of sex trafficking allegations last August, and the Justice Department wants to make sure she doesn’t do the same.
Maxwell has been accused of nursing girls aged 14 and above for Epstein for abuse between 1994 and 1997, a period when she was his girlfriend.
Prosecutors from the Southern District of New York outlined their case against Maxwell’s bail in a 19-page document filed Monday.
Maxwell had offered a $ 5 million bond co-signed by two of her sisters and supported over $ 3.75 million worth of real estate in the UK.
She would be locked up in a home in the New York area, hand in all her travel documents and subject to GPS monitoring.
However, prosecutors argued that nothing would ensure that a person with three passports, even for France without an extradition treaty with the UK, would suffice.
They said her behavior during the 8:30 am robbery on July 2 at the “Tuckedaway” property in rural Bradford, New Hampshire, was “disturbing.”
They wrote that when the FBI arrived, they were faced with a closed gate through which they forced their way through.
The request read: “As the officers approached the front door of the main building, they announced themselves as FBI agents and ordered the defendant to open the door.
Through a window, the officers saw the defendant ignore the direction to open the door and instead try to flee to another room in the house, quickly closing a door behind them. Agents were eventually forced to break through the door to enter the house to arrest the suspect, who was found in an interior room in the house.
In addition, during the security investigation of the house, the agents also noticed an aluminum foil-wrapped cell phone on a desk, a seemingly misleading attempt to bypass detection, not by the press or the public, which would of course have been no possibility of her phone trace or intercept her communications, but through law enforcement. ‘
After Maxwell, the daughter of the late newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell, was arrested, the FBI spoke to an on-site security guard who said her brother hired him from a company of former British military soldiers.
The filing states, “The security guard informed the FBI that the suspect had not left the property while working there, and that the security guard had instead been sent by credit card to make purchases for the property. As these facts make clear, there is no doubt that the defendant is adept at going into hiding. ‘
In their filings with the court, Maxwell’s lawyers had argued that she is at increased risk of contracting the corona virus while in prison.
Maxwell was romantically involved with Jeffrey Epstein from 1992, but then became his ‘right-hand man’, managing his property empire and reportedly trading his minors
They claim that the pandemic restrictions on access to its lawyers would make it impossible to get a fair trial.
Prosecutors said the prison had in fact made significant efforts to house and protect her.
Maxwell was arrested on July 2 at her $ 1 million home called ‘Tuckedaway’ in the rural town of Bradford, New Hampshire.
She was reported to have moved 36 times in the year since Epstein committed suicide for fear of her safety.
The FBI said they watched her quietly and were beaten in her door during an 8.30 am raid.
In her filing last Friday, Maxwell’s attorneys Mark Cohen and Jeff Pagliuca wrote that Maxwell “firmly denies the allegations, plans to fight them, and is entitled to the presumption of innocence.”
They claimed that after Epstein’s death in August, ‘media attention quickly shifted to our client – falsely attempting to replace her with Epstein – although she had been out of contact with Epstein for over a decade, had never been charged with a found to be a crime or liable in civil disputes, and has always denied any allegation of alleged misconduct. ‘
They wrote that it was “open season” on Maxwell and that she had been threatened with death, hiring guards.
Maxwell’s lawyers have also revealed that her family is with her and that she remains close to her cousins.
Her bail request (pictured) was filed with the US District Court in Manhattan, claiming that she is not ‘hiding’ from authorities, is not a flight risk, and is at risk of contracting COVID-19 if she remains in prison in Brooklyn.
Lawyers for Maxwell, 58, pleaded for her release as Epstein’s former girlfriend on Friday, and close associate “ firmly denies ” all charges made against her (bail above)
Maxwell is currently in custody at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn (photo)
Epstein’s victims have long demanded Maxwell’s arrest, and lawyers say a slew of new accusers have emerged since her arrest.
Prosecutors will likely look for a plea deal with Maxwell to ease some of the six charges against her, two of which are perjury for allegedly lying during statements.
They will question her about powerful men in Epstein’s orbit, including Bill Clinton, with whom she flew on Epstein’s private jet, the ‘Lolita Express’, in 2002 on a tour of Africa.
Maxwell was also good friends with Prince Andrew and one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts, claims she was loaned three times to the Duke for sex when she was seventeen.
Maxwell is currently in custody at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
Prosecutors have called Maxwell – who has a US, British and French passport – an ‘extreme flight risk’, which must be detained until the lawsuit.
In a court document pleading bail, they said she had at least 15 bank accounts that she owned alone or with which she had been associated for the past four years.
Maxwell’s filing also states that she remains at risk of contracting the coronavirus if she is left behind bars in her “hellish” Brooklyn prison.
It states that her health will be at ‘serious risk’ – suggesting 68,000 cases of COVID-19 infections among the US prison population in the past month.
The filing also claims that she will not be able to get a fair trial and properly prepare her defense due to restrictions on attorney visits and phone calls during the pandemic.
Under the bail terms set by Maxwell’s team, the bond would be co-signed by ‘six financially responsible people … [with] strong ties to Ms Maxwell ‘and will be secured against the UK property.
It is not yet clear who all six individuals are except “brothers and sisters, relatives and friends,” two of whom are her sisters and who “stay with her” and “do not believe the charges against her.”
The filing says she would not leave New York, hand over all travel documents, and be locked at home in a New York property where she would wear a GPS tracker and would only be visited by immediate family, close friends, and counsel.